You guys know by now what my hometown of Manchester means to me. It’s where I was born, where I grew up and where I hurried straight back to after two years in the big smoke.
It’s home for me and I have honestly never been as happy as I am today being in my beloved city, living with George and surrounded by my HUGE crazy family.
Nothing fills me with excitement quite like a brand wanting to champion my home city. Getting through briefs that entail showing what Manchester has to offer, how it inspires me and why I love it so much is a sure fired way to get me going, to get me brimming with ideas and to get me super stoked for a project.
I know only a small fraction of you live in Manchester, with an even smaller fraction having even visited, but I really love sharing my love for Manchester with you and I truly love how much you guys enjoy hearing about it, despite having never been.
Manchester inspires me in so many ways but none more so than the completely varied style inspo that shelters the city. With every corner of the city you turn there is someone doing his or her thing and doing it with serious style in tow. It’s a completely varied city having such a strong musical history, not to mention the vast sporting legacy along with art and film to name but a few.
The musical history combined with the sporting legacy of Manchester meant that teaming up with trainer brand Gola was a match made in heaven and I cannot tell you how much I loved working on this project to bring to you a little insight into both my style and my city and how they magically influence one another.
First up, you can take a nosey at the video that Gola and I created on the streets of Manchester right here; It was really fun to hit the pavements of Manchester in my Gola Harrier's before later changing into my Gola Bullet's to showcase two very different sides to my personal style.
What I love so much about Gola is their recognisable shapes; each and every season they are totally 100% true to their roots and to their heritage, often throwing in a trend based print, colour-way or fabrication, as you can see with the Gola Harrier's leaf print and the Bullet's metallic finish... Perfect for a trend-lead magpie like me.
Teaming retro sportswear with feminine pieces is something I personally get off on when it comes to styling. The metallic Gola Bullet's worked incredibly when teamed with an ultra girlie ruffled blouse and dungarees adorned with brooches, working together with the denim to add a much needed and much loved tomboy touch to my look.
Whereas the Gola Harrier's were just the touch of print I needed to add to my somewhat monochromatic look... Novelty sunglasses aside. Here, this rather modern leaf print works to bring the seventies shaped kick flares up-to-date and totally day-wear appropriate, with a seriously laid back, "this took me, two minutes to throw together" styling message.
Gola are a brand I've worked with from the early days of PBM and I am so chuffed to have worked with them on their latest campaign, not to mention be the face of it. The likes of Natalie from Natalie off Duty and Marcel from One Dapper Street have each featured in their own Which Gola Are You campaign, so I'm in SERIOUSLY good company indeed.
I really hope you enjoyed this post and enjoyed the campaign video as well. I would LOVE to hear what it is about your city, town or village that inspires you most.
*It's been so fun working with Gola on this project and I'm very proud to be in such great company with fellow bloggers. This post is in collaboration with Gola but as usual words and styling all my own*